Bellevue High School - Owl Yearbook (Nashville, TN)

 - Class of 1941

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'fir Si -E 2 .1- CLASS HISTORY 'Columbus'1 this word has a place in everyone's heart. Would you not believe that the gallant senior class of 1941 has played just as important part in the making of its school history as did Columbus in the founding of America? If you do not believe my words, then gather around and I will point out some of the frontiers this class has conquered. n In the autu n of 1937 an intelligent and enthusiastic group of sixty boys and girls started their first year working for a higher goal in life. The class chose Elsie Hulan as their president, and Miss Corinne Smith as their sponsor. This was a prosperous year. The class organized a very encouraging girls' basketball team. Through the cooperation of its members, the class won second place in Stunt Night. At the beginning of the fall term of 1938, the class again chose Miss Corinne Smith as their sponsor and Betty Ann Baird as the president. Many of the members gained places on the nnin basketball squad. The girls' team went to the semi-finals of T.S.S.A.A. basketball tournament of the Eighth District in which Sara Sexton, a member of this class, held main position as guard. The girls of this class won the class tournament. Soon this year had rolled b . y By 1939 the class could proudly call themselves Juniors. They chose Margaret Phillips as their president and Earl Horner as vice-president. Miss Smith and Mr. Torrance were placed as sponsors of this class and with their worthy assistance the class presented uThe Dixie Minstre1s'. The money secured was used to entertain the Seniors by taking them to Cedar Forest National Park near Lebanon, Tennessee in May. Many of the members of this class held main positions on the basketball and football teams. During this year the class won first place in a health program in which all classes participated. A iollar was awarded by Dr. Lentz in recognition of this stunt. With the passing of examinations, the activities of the class for the year were ended. Finally September 6, 1940, rolled around. The class had proudly won the title of 'Seniors'. There was never a class that was more proud to boast of that title. The class roll had now dropped to forty members. They chose Sybil Beckham, as president, Juanita Sullivan, as vice-president, George Steele, as secretary and 'Dad' Smith, as treasurer. Miss Smith and Mr. Terrence were chosen as sponsors. At a later meeting the class decided to publish the fourth edition of the nBellevue Owln. The following were selected to fill important positions on the annual staff. Fred Rauschenberger, editor-in-chief, Betty Baird, assistant editor, J. B. Swafford, business manager, Albert Mitchell, assistant business manager. This year the girls' basketball team, seven members of which belonged to this class, was the runner-up in the T.S.S.A.A. tournament. Again our group captured the girls trophy in the class tournament. In May, 1941, the class presented the senior play. It proved a great success The proceeds were left as a gift to the school. The class has now reached the day of departure. They are now leaving the old familiar haunts of their high school days and are setting sail on a new sea of life. If the class by its efforts has added to the glory of Bellevue High School, it can only toss the torch to those who followg and hope that they may continue what this class has begun. In the future may this history bring pleasant memories to the Class of 1941 Eileen Crick, Historian. 15

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SENKW SARAH SEXTON no-knb.11,'s9,-4o,'41, Junior llinotrelg latin Club, Sottballg 011 Club: Home Economies Club. CHAFLINE STEIFIENS Senior Clan Tourmmentg Pep squad. J. B. SWAFFORD Annual Staff, Junior Minstrel, Football, '58, '39, '4O. .wf ,ix 056 These did not have pictures made: J. C. Carlton Paul Ashburn Earl Horner Paul 'Smith 12 CLASS GEORGE STEELE Annual Staff, Secretary Senior Classg Chorusg Balketba11,'39,'40,'4lg Footba11,'59,'40g Stunt Night, Junior llinstrelg Secretary, Treasurer, Future Famerg Track Team,'58. JUANITA SULLIVAN Annual Staffg Softball, Basketba11,'40,'41g Latin Club, Stunt Night Home Economics Club, Junior Minstrel, Chorus Captain, Cheerleaders, '40, Band lajoretteg Drill Team. HUGH DAVID WALTON Future Fifllllflf Junior lIinstre1,'4Og Shmrboat M1nstre1,'41.

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'51 Sr Q The H111- PROPH CY It has been fifteen years since our graduation from dear old Bellevue High. During this period of time many changes have taken place. Since I an a Red Cross Nurse and travel a great deal, I an lucky to run across my old schoolmates. I was sent across the waters to help in the war zone. On my train trip to New York, I looked up in the front of the car and there sat the former Rena Parker and 'Dad' Smith with two little redheaded boys. They were vacationing in New York. They told me that Gordon Allen and George Steele had joined the army. When the conductor came to get the tickets, I thought he looked familiar and just then he recognized Dad . It was Earl Horner. We talked about our good times at Bellevue. When we reached New York, we parted. I sailed for London that evening. Just as I walked aboard some- one called my name, I turned around and there stood 'Dot' Maynard and Link O'Br1en, newly-weds on their honeymoon. Dot told me that Hazel was also a nurse and that maybe I would see her in London. I went down for dinner and the girl that waited on me was none other than Eileen Crick. She and Mildred Covington were both working on that boat. About that time a girl began to sing. I looked up and imagine my surprise on seeing Margaret Phillips! She hadn't been working there very long but she had made a hit with everyone. The next day as I was swimming in the pool on the boat, a little girl walked up and wanted me to play with her. I consented and after we had finished, she wanted me to go to meet her mother and father. , When we reached their stateroom, there sat Juanita Sullivan and Billy Sadler. I was delighted to see them. 'Pee Wee' told me that she had seen Sara Sexton about a week before and that she was married and so very, very happy. After several days of traveling, we reached London. It was a dreadful sight. That night we were attacked by the Germans. Every- one at my boarding place headed for an underground shelter. Several women were hurt. A Red Cross ambulance came to get them. The driver was nToarn Ashburn. I rode to the hospital with him. When we ar- rived at the hospital, I saw Hazel Reasonover, who had been over there for about two months. We talked for a long time. She told me that Ernest Redd had gone to South America as an explorer, and that Sybil Beckham and Fred Rauchenberger were going to be married the next month. Hazel and I decided that we would room together. A reporter came to us to get s me information on the air raid. He was Robert Martin. I read in a newspaper that he left, that an American girl was engaged to an Englishman. The girl was Glenna Garner. While sightseeing I met Billie Meek, who had come abroad to study music. She surprised me by saying that Louise Maynard and Charline Stephens were nurses over in another hospital. While I was on duty the next day several boys, who were injured slightly, were brought in the hospital. Two of them were my old schoolmates, Hugh David Walton and Milton Austin. I learned fr m them that J. B. Swafford was married and had three beautiful little girls and that Elton Boone was a volunteer pilot. Reading my home newspaper, I saw that Betty Baird had become a famous editor and that Charley Knott, now president of an airplane factory, was engaged to his secretary, Jewel Carney. About six months later Hazel and I decided to go home by plane for two weeks vacation. On the Clipper, we found that the stewardess was Christine Owen. She said that Marlene Mingle was also a steward- ess for the Eastern Airlines. We stopped in Chicago for an hour and walked through the lobby of the Gold Coast Hotel. There sat Mildred Rilling and her husband. She informed me that Cora Sue Grimes was married and living in New York. When we arrived home, we met Joyce Redden on the street. She and Jean Johnson were teaching school and Jean was teaching history to Mr. Torrence's little girl. In a business paper from Nashville, I read that Elizabeth Allen and Elizabeth Prince were stenographers. Our two weeks stay passed rapidly and we headed back for London to resume our work. The war was soon over and Hazel and I came home with our husbands, wounded soldiers, wh m we had nursed back to health. Strange how war changes things! JUANITA RAY, Class Prophet 14

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